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Myrkky's "RED" is a very bold & unique coffee table book where men are seen as both violent & vulnerable. 178 images of men and blood.
Myrkky's "RED" is a very bold & unique coffee table book where men are seen as both violent & vulnerable. 178 images of men and blood.
Myrkky's "RED" is a very bold & unique coffee table book where men are seen as both violent & vulnerable. 178 images of men and blood.
76 backers pledged £3,960 to help bring this project to life.

About

RED - Male portraits by Myrkky Photography

£3,960

76

RED
RED

This project began in February 2016 and has taken a year and a half to complete. It involved 21 guys and approximately 30 litres of stage blood to get this messy!

The Book

The book is titled 'RED'.

Format

  • A4,
  • Hardcover,
  • Full colour,
  • 178 pages + any extras added through the campaign.
  • Weight 1.4 kg
Cover
Cover

 Myrkky’s RED is titillating and disturbing collection where men are seen as both violent and vulnerable. In the series of photographs, one wonders whether the subject is a sexy male victim or the perpetrator of a gruesome crime. Either way, each photograph focuses on the emotional load behind RED: all of the subjects are deeply human: which do you see? When one feels emotional one is in a vulnerable state, and at the same time, there is great strength in their maleness, a contract that is often unseen, and perhaps uncomfortable to see.

RED - Shubash Novak
RED - Shubash Novak

The other titillating element of Myrkky’s collection is the transgression of what is forbidden and what is arousing. The forbidden being the implied horrific violence, or crime, and yet the photographs are also immersed in sexuality and sensuality. In some photographs, one cannot help seeing cannibalism or vampiric sensuality: the consuming of sex and bodily fluid. 

RED - Richard James Lloyd
RED - Richard James Lloyd

 The emotional quality of the transgression can bring some humanity in what can be implied as inhuman or despicable, yet some of the emotions can be seen as relief, remorse, shame, guilt, sadness, sexual arousal and even orgasmic tension. All of which, we, each one of us, can relate to, as these are core human experiences.

RED - Gustav Adersson
RED - Gustav Adersson

RED is the art of the visceral quality of blood being the ultimate and most precious bodily fluid for life energy: the sensuality of masculinity and homo-eroticism of these photographs breach the boundary between blood and life, evil and good, the abject and the desired, the love and death, the disgusting and the sexy. 

RED - FJ van Wingerde
RED - FJ van Wingerde

Enjoy Myrkky’s RED: sex, anger, murder, blood, heat, life, death, sensuality, masculinity, beauty and ugly. Enjoy all of it, in one place, in this boundary-less world of vulnerable humanity.

 

RED - Kari Hirvonen
RED - Kari Hirvonen

 

The Boys

To create this project I worked with 20 great guys from all around the world who live in UK and who had never done anything like this. The shoots were incredibly fun and messy. Below are the guys whose portraits are featured in the book and a couple of behind the scene shots and outtakes.

Adam B.
Adam B.

 

Ben R.
Ben R.

 

FJ!!
FJ!!

 

Frank S.
Frank S.

 

Gennaddi M.
Gennaddi M.

 

Gustav A.
Gustav A.

 

Jason F.
Jason F.

 

Johnny W.
Johnny W.

 

Kari H.
Kari H.

 

Lloyd M.
Lloyd M.

 

Luke M.
Luke M.

 

Paul M.
Paul M.

 

Phillip W.
Phillip W.

 

Richard L.
Richard L.

 

Rob R.
Rob R.

 

Rubén A.
Rubén A.

 

Sebastian P.
Sebastian P.

 

Shaun W.
Shaun W.

 

Shubash N.
Shubash N.

 

Terno Z.
Terno Z.

 

Behind The Scenes

Shooting was a lot of fun!
Shooting Gustav A.
Shooting Gustav A.

 

Outtakes I
Outtakes I

 

Outtakes II
Outtakes II

 

Outtakes III
Outtakes III

 

Outtakes IV
Outtakes IV

 

Outtakes V
Outtakes V

The Final Product

The book has already been proofed and is ready for printing as soon as the campaign finished given it's successful. The book is a product of great quality printed in A4 hardcover & the inner pages are printed in 170gms paper, all in full colour.

Below are actual photos of one of the copies.
Front
Front

 

Front, spine and back cover
Front, spine and back cover

 

Inner pages
Inner pages

 

Book Layout Sample
Book Layout Sample

 

Book Layout Sample
Book Layout Sample

 

Book Layout Sample
Book Layout Sample

 

Book Layout Sample
Book Layout Sample

 

Book Layout Sample
Book Layout Sample

 

Book Layout Sample
Book Layout Sample

Rewards

C-type Metallic Prints

For the rewards including 10" x12" & 16" x 20" prints, you will be able to choose any of the images from the book once the campaign finishes.

Risks and challenges

The actual book is 100% complete and the first copy is back from the printers, so there shouldn't be any problems regarding that matter completion of the project.

Additional pages will be added to the book to credit you all, Kickstarter contributors.

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    Pledge £5 or more About $7

    Signed RED Postcard

    Every little helps with the creation of this book.

    You will receive a signed postcard with a big thank you, and your name will appear in the credits of the contributors section of the book.

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    RED Postcard Pack

    A pack of 6 postcards in an envelope for you write on and send to your friends.
    You can also stick them in the fridge or where ever you want!

    Plus the above signed postcard, credit in the book and updates.

    This "Postcard Pack" is only available for this reward.

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    The Book (unsigned) Early Bird

    Early bird backers will receive a copy of the book at the special price of £25

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    The Book (unsigned)

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    Book (unsigned) / LONDON PICK-UP only

    Avoid shipping fees and collect the book from me from a location in W1. This doesn't include launch party.

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    Book - multiple copies Collection / Post

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    Book(Signed) LONDON PICK-UP/Launch Party

    Avoid shipping costs and join us at a launch party to collect your book in London.

    You will receive the book at the price of £35 (Signed) and a private invite to pick up your book at one of the launch parties. Dates in October to follow.

    P.S. If you can't attend a launch party to collect your book, I will store them with me at an address near Oxford Circus to collect Mon-Fri office hours.

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    Book(Signed)

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    Book(Signed) + 10" x 12" C-type Print

    You will received the book signed plus a C-type metallic print of 1/20 different images from the book and a private invite for one of the launch parties of the book.

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    Book(Signed) + 16" x 20" C-type Print

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    Book (Signed) + RED style blood shoot

    This reward includes your very own bloody shoot "RED" style with loads of blood (approx 1 - 1.5 hrs), a signed copy of the book, private launch party invite and book credit.

    Shoot date to be arranged by both parties after the book launches in October.

    Be aware that you should provide your transport to the shoot location based in Bermondsey, SE16.

    (The shoot includes all photos taken on the shoot and 5 fully retouched images)

    If you don't want to get messy yourself it'll be a nice bloody gift for somebody else! :D

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    The Book (Signed) + 1/2 day HORROR Shoot

    This reward includes your very own half day horror shoot to be as creepy and gory as you like and a signed copy of the book, private launch party invite and book credit.

    Shoot date and location to be arranged by both parties after the book launches in October.

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